Beloved Franklin Police Lieutenant (retired), Richard Verbosky, passes away

(Below obituary courtesy Williamson Memorial)

Richard Alan Verbosky, age 69 of the Bethesda Community passed away March 9, 2020.

He was a 1968 Graduate of Father Ryan High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the Vietnam era, seeing duty overseas there and in Germany.

He joined the Franklin Police Department in 1984 beginning a career that spanned thirty years of benevolent service to the community. Richard’s assignments, prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, included patrol, SWAT, and field training, serving as an officer, instructor, and sergeant, as well as sergeant over the Police Auxiliary. In his most recent assignment, Lt. Verbosky oversaw the Patrol Division’s Bravo Shift, K9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Flex Unit, Dive team, and Mounted Patrol. He was an avid equestrian and played an integral role in the resurrection of the Mounted Patrol in 2009 and subsequently organized two training classes in Franklin, which drew mounted patrol police officers from across the country.

Lt. Verbosky was active in the community and was a member of the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge. His many personal and professional accomplishments aside, Richard is most grateful for the love, companionship and support he shared with his wife, Donna. Richard exemplified the values of hard work, compassion and devotion to community that are characteristic of a true Tennessean and diligent officer of the law. Throughout his career he demonstrated the utmost professionalism, ability, and integrity, winning the unbridled respect and admiration of his colleagues, fellow officers and a grateful public.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Ralph (Patricia) Jacklin; grandchildren, Burgandy Sullivan and Robert Jacklin and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 Noon PM, March 14, 2020 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Chief Deb Faulkner and Darren Tyler will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


VISITATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 10:00am – 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home
3009 Columbia Avenue | Franklin, Tennessee

 

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 12:00pm
Williamson Memorial Funeral Home

 

Visit Williamson Memorial for more information

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Franklin Police Honor 8-year-old at school assembly for heroic action

This morning during a school assembly at Pearre Creek Elementary, Franklin Police honored an 8-year-old girl for her heroic actions.

Last Friday, Williamson County Schools were closed due to illness – but little did 8-year-old Freya Macallan know that her day off from school would make her a hero at home. On February 7, Freya found her mom unconscious on the floor. Susan was suffering an unexpected medical emergency.

Freya called 9-1-1 and followed the dispatcher’s instructions until emergency personnel arrived to give Susan the care she needed. During this terrifying ordeal, Freya provided the assistance that her mom needed while working to keep her 6-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother calm. Freya knew to call 9-1-1 because her parents had talked with her, beforehand, about how to get help during an emergency.

Sergeant Bob Kupczyk and Officer Mike Martinez presented Freya with the Franklin Police Department’s Award for Excellence for an amazing job well-done. The Department also gave Freya a gift card to Chuck E. Cheese’s, so she could treat her parents and siblings to an afternoon on the town.

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Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard. Under general supervision, School Patrol team members work part-time hours, and are responsible for pedestrian safety and efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones.

The ideal applicant must be assertive, tactful, and able to work in varying weather conditions. Starting pay is $18.48/hour. 

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Phone scammers making the rounds in Franklin

1694555161Phone scammers are at it again in Franklin. Several residents, Friday night, are reporting they received calls that make mention of warrants for their arrest, and even jail time.

The calls are simply unscrupulous attempts to swindle unsuspecting residents out of money and personal information like their Social Security number.

If you receive a call you believe is part of a scam, hang up & call police.

Children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about scams, and warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bank cards, or any personal or financial information over the phone.

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Franklin Police offer Williamson women 4-day self-defense series

According to statistics, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the United States. Just as startling: One out of four college students reported being sexually assaulted sometime during their four years of school. The Franklin Police Department is proud to offer free self-defense training to women who live or work in Williamson County. The training incorporates awareness building, prevention, risk reduction & avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers. 

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Classes start soon, and registration is required for this 4-day series:

February 4, 6, 11 & 13
All classes meet from 6pm – 9pm:
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue


For more information or to register, email
Sergeant Amy Butler
Download the RAD registration form here.


The 12-hour program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Mothers & daughters are encouraged to attend this free training together.

Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” said RAD Instructor, Sergeant Amy Butler. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker, we just show them how.”

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